Homemade Ricotta Cheese

We have about five inches of snow on the ground this morning here in our little corner of the Eastern Shore. That may not seem like much to many of you, but to us  it might as well be 2 feet! It’s days like this where I’m so thankful I’ve gone down the path of DIY more and more often. To be able to make a kitchen staple from the comfort of your own kitchen, without having to venture out to the store, is really a blessing.

Take ricotta cheese for instance. All it takes is some milk, lemon juice, vinegar, and a few minutes of your time. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make, and how delicious it turned out. Creamy and flavorful, unlike that rubbery gunk that comes out of the container in one chunk that you buy from the supermarket. Now that I’ve made this at home, I don’t think that I’ll be able to go back to purchasing it.

I used it in a lasagna, but it really is delicious on it’s own – smeared on a piece of crusty bread. The recipe calls for whole milk, but I’m interested to try it with 2% to see if it turns out just as well –  as that’s usually what I have on hand. Will probably add a bit of heavy cream to up the creaminess factor, which I’ve noticed that other tutorials mentioned to do as well.

If you’re snowed in like I am, and stocked up on milk – make yourself feel productive and give this a try. You’ll be patting yourself on the back for days afterwards, I promise!


  1. Arik
    Posted January 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM | Permalink

    How much ricotta does this make?

    • Posted January 22, 2014 at 7:34 PM | Permalink

      About 2 cups. Thanks for pointing that out, adding it to the instructions!

  2. Kim in MD
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 8:52 AM | Permalink

    I have always wanted to make ricotta! This looks delicious, and your photos are stunning!

  3. Sue
    Posted March 26, 2014 at 8:27 PM | Permalink

    Do you think you could substitute almond milk? I’ve got a friend of the kids who has milk allergies.

  4. Maryellen
    Posted March 27, 2014 at 6:25 PM | Permalink

    Wow! Now that we know this we can try it when Jimmy is off work. That is not too physical. 😉

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